A man was acquitted of charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in Louisa Town Park.
Judge Timothy Sanner determined that there was insufficient evidence that the woman was physically helpless when Johnathan Brinson, 27, had sexual relations with her in the park’s picnic pavilion on June 19. Sanner dismissed charges of aggravated sexual battery and object sexual penetration.
The woman, 36, testified that she had no memory of the sexual contact, which occurred after she and Brinson went to the park late in the afternoon to drink vodka.
A video from Louisa Town Police Officer Aaron Adams’s body camera that was played in the courtroom shows Adams attempting to talk with the woman and her father, who had appeared at the scene a short time earlier. The father found his daughter lying half-naked on the pavilion’s concrete floor in an intoxicated state. Brinson left as the father approached.
“Despite the fact she is drunk, she is communicating and clearly knows the difference between her dad and the officer,” Sanner said at the trial’s end.
To read the entire story, see the Nov. 9 edition of The Central Virginian.